Turner, S. J. and Adams, J. P. (2008) Robots and problem solving. 9th Annual Conference of the Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences, Liverpool, 26-28 August 2008. Newtownabbey: Higher Education Academy, Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences. 9780955967603.
Mindstorm based robots have been used previously, not only for teaching programming to computing and engineering students. It has been stated that robots “…provide entry level programming students with a physical model to visually demonstrate concepts” and “the most important benefit of using ROBOTS in teaching introductory courses is the focus provided on learning language independent, persistent truths about programming and programming techniques. ROBOTS readily illustrate the idea of computation as interaction”. These advantages also apply to problem solving where synergies can be made with the work on pre-object programming and simulation of robots for teaching programming. This workshop gives an opportunity to try out these robots with simple problems